In the sideline of a meeting in Davos, US President Donald Trump reiterated to his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday that he wants to see a significant drop in violence by the Taliban fighters before the peace negotiations reach to a final agreement.

The White House said, “President Trump emphasizes on the need for a lasting reduction in violence by the Taliban that would facilitate meaningful negotiations on Afghanistan peace and reconsolidation.”

A reduction in violence is the key priority and a condition for a smooth transition to the peace deal and the agreement that would lead US forces to leave Afghanistan.  

Although insurgent sources said last week, they had offered to initiate a brief ceasefire of seven to 18 days, but there was no announcement of the proposal by either party or spokesperson.

To win the final approval from the Trump, one of the pillars of the peace agreement with the Taliban is that insurgent groups should not offer sanctuary to jihadists who would operate against the interests of the US government or disturb the peace process.

Meanwhile, ordinary Afghans are optimistic about the outcomes of the peace deal with the Taliban as they have been experiencing a relatively low reduction in the level of violence by insurgent groups over the last couple of days.

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  • Nizam Rezahi is an editor and content writer to The Khaama Press News Agency.